Pune-based Sakaal Group of Publications recently launched a quarterly magazine ‘India and Global Affairs’, touted as India’s first international journal. Priced at Rs 350 per issue, the magazine was unveiled by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The inaugural issue carries a 47-page cover story on Pakistan and presents a series of articles on the inner dynamics of the trouble-torn country.
Abhijit Pawar is the publisher of the magazine, while veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar is its Editor, and Anikendra Nath Sen is the Managing Editor.
‘India and Global Affairs’ seeks to track emerging trends in a broad range of areas – diplomacy, strategic affairs, trade, technology, energy, the environment and culture. It assesses their impact on states, businesses and societies largely, though not exclusively, from an Indian perspective. The magazine also has an exclusive arrangement with ‘Foreign Affairs’, the widely acclaimed journal of the New York-based Council on Foreign Affairs.
The editorial board of the magazine includes Nobel Laureates Amartya Sen and Dr R K Pachauri; Jagadish Bhagwat of Columbia University; Lord Meghnath Desai, emeritus professor at the London School of Economics; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and MD of Bharti Airtel Ltd and President of CII; strategic thinker K Subramanyam; economist Vijay Kelkar, former Nasscom President Kiran Karnik; and former Foreign Secretary K Raghunath.
Among the contributors in the inaugural issue are Prime Minister Dr Singh, Hillary Clinton and former Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, among others.
Commenting on the magazine, Pawar said, “We have an assured circulation of 40,000 copies, which include major universities abroad. In India, all the major universities would get a free copy of the magazine. The magazine is not designed for the masses and has target readers.” ‘India and Global Affairs’ is targeted at heads of state or government, heads of leading think tanks, universities, chambers of commerce, central banks and financial institutions, CEOs and COOs of major public and private corporations, and media personalities. The magazine would be available in around 80 countries.
“The reason why we came up with this magazine is that a country, which is aspiring on high table, needs a platform for issues of global intent and concern examined largely, but exclusively from the Indian perspective,” explained Padgaonkar.
The 196-page magazine has six sections – In Focus is the cover story, Global
Affairs, Doing Business, Muse & More (Culture), Milestones and the exclusive
section from Foreign Affairs.
An online version of the magazine is also expected in the next six months, which would provide interactivity to its readers. The portal would also provide more updated information.